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World of Pearls

No longer limited to simple strands, pearls are taking the jewelry world by storm.

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Pearls have been getting around lately, from high fashion catwalks to it-girls’ curated ear stacks and even on the auction block, as a historical treasure of Marie Antoinette’s is slated for sale in November. Many of these pieces are aspirational, but the message is clear: the public wants to see what the pearl can do!

Ray Griffiths (ABOVE) 

18K yellow gold jewelry by Ray Griffiths including multi-wrap Tahitian pearl necklace with crownwork finial on oxidized silver chain ($8,595), crownwork olive necklace on oxidized silver chain ($3,465 and $6,270), oxidized silver Emperor Soto of Syria coin set in four corner small crownwork frame necklace ($2,970), ball earrings on teardrop post with half round pave champagne diamonds (2.93 TCW) and half crownwork detail ($11,495), crownwork ring with 22K Roman coin ($3,400), large crownwork set opal ring ($9,350), double crownwork oxidized silver link bracelet with gold crownwork link and diamond set toggle ($3,575), and crownwork frame coin bracelet with diamond set toggle ($8,350). Contact kirsten@raygriffiths.com or (212) 689-7209, raygriffiths.com

Photographer: John Tsiavis
Stylist: David Bonney
Model: Manon Crespi

Earring Evolution

The pearl earring is the little black dress of jewelry: ever-versatile, always appropriate, and endlessly appealing. They’ve graced the lobes of everyone from world leaders to leading ladies, aristocrats to actual art (just ask Vermeer). These cutting-edge pearl earrings show that this classic category still has a few tricks up its sleeve.

Baggins

18K white gold earrings with Tahitian pearls and diamonds.

$2,600

(213) 624-2277, bagginspearls.com

Jessica Arden

18K gold earrings with pearls and coral.

$1,125

jessicaardenjewelry.com

Veronica Eckert Studio

18K white gold earrings with white South Sea pearls and diamonds (0.47 TCW).

$3,800

(425) 233-9014, veronicaeckert.com

Melis Goral

14K rose gold earrings with pearl, diamonds, and turquoise.

$2,175

(201) 248-0800, melisgoral.com

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Danhov

18K rose gold and platinum earrings with diamonds and pearls (pearls not included).

$13,000

(708) 590-6777, danhov.com

Zhulia

14K white gold earrings with diamonds (0.824 TCW) and golden South Sea pearls.

$7,000

(760) 889-8016, zhulia.com

Nanna Schou

18K yellow gold earrings with multicolored Keshi pearls.

$3,900

+0045 -20118349, nannaschou.dk

Honora

Sterling silver hoop earrings with white freshwater pearls and black diamonds (0.246 TCW).

$440

(212) 886-6251, honora.com

Assael

18K rose gold earrings with Tahitian natural color cultured pearls and bi-color tourmaline (21.40 TCW).

$36,000

(212) 819-0060, assael.com

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Pearl Whirl

These alluring little orbs have fascinated humans for many hundreds of years. It stands to reason that we’ve gotten quite good at imagining these lustrous lovelies into different designs by now. These designs illustrate the staggering variety that can be packed into as deceptively simple a descriptor as “pearl jewelry.”

Mastoloni

18K yellow gold bangle with freshwater pearls.

$2,029

(800) 347-3275, mastoloni.com

Sutra

18K rose gold necklace with pearls (129 TCW) and diamonds (45.50 TCW).

$110,000

(713) 984-4987, sutrajewels.com

The Pearl Source

14K white gold necklace with pearl and diamonds.

$1,799

(866) 877-3275, thepearlsource.com

Imperial Pearl

14K yellow gold ring with freshwater seed pearls.

$565

(401) 223-4180, imperialpearl.com

Estelle Vernon Designs

Sterling silver necklace with white freshwater pearl.

$390

(240) 704-8150, estellevernon.com

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KIR

Sterling silver bracelet with black spinel and Tahitian pearls.

$835

(303) 530-1268, kircollection.com

Stellino Jewels

Sterling silver bracelet with freshwater pearls.

$480

(646) 322-8473, stellinojewels.com

Little H

14K yellow gold necklace with freshwater souffle pearl, lapis (5.22 TCW), and 22K gold.

$4,050

(424) 349-8203, littlehjewelry.com

Yoko London

18K white gold necklace with Australian South Sea and Tahitian pearls and diamonds (2.98 TCW).

$63,000

+44 20 7025 0700, yokolondon.com

Becky Stone writes about jewelry styles for INSTORE. She is founder and CEO of well-known jewelry blog Diamonds in the Library.

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From Madly Creative to Modern Classics, Here Is the Latest in Pearl Jewelry

This is one of the hottest gemstones in jewelry today.

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THERE’S A REASON that pearls have been the most iconic example of high-class luxury for hundreds of years: their lustrous lure is eternal. Historically reserved for empresses, doyennes and goddesses, today the creamy beauty of pearls is accessible to customers seeking every style, price point and category.

Golden South Sea pearl jewelry in 18K yellow gold from Jewelmer’s Les Classiques collection is modeled by Solenn Heussaff, including bangle, $3,860; ring, $2,250; earrings, $5,550; and necklace, $57,230. Contact Franck Ferrari at franck.ferrari@jewelmer.com. PHOTOGRAPHER: BJ Pascual.

New Classics

These styles are the modern incarnation of what everyone has always loved about pearl jewelry. The epitome of elegance with a contemporary — but still timeless — edge. Each one of these versatile treasures will go with 99.9 percent of any jewelry lover’s wardrobe.

Quality Gold

14K yellow gold pin with freshwater cultured pearl.

$544

(513) 642-2446, qgold.com

Elisa Ilana Jewelry

Black rhodium over sterling silver chain with black spinel and a carved black Tahitian pearl.

$1,062

(402) 926-3479, elisailana.com

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Ray Griffiths

18K yellow gold South Sea pearl ring with diamonds.

$7,990

(212) 689-7209, raygriffiths.com

Anzie

14K yellow gold earrings with pearls and topaz.

$450

(888) 341-2604, anzie.com

Susanne Klevorick

14K rose gold earrings with pink pearls and rose zircons.

$4,450

(646) 662-2110, susanneklevorick.com

Joryel Vera Collections

Sterling silver earrings with pearls, blue topaz and 14K yellow gold.

$260

(561) 508-2945, joryelverawholesale.com

Barbela Design

14K yellow gold earrings with pearls.

$580

(212) 682-0834, barbeladesign.com

Galatea

14K white gold necklace with pearl and druzy.

$360

(951) 202-1227, galateausa.com

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E.L. Designs by Ed Levin Studio

14K yellow gold bracelet with freshwater button pearl.

$1,760

(800) 828-1122, eldesigns.com

Pretty Pioneers

These irresistibly fresh designs represent the latest developments of the pearl revolution. These beauties aren’t just creative; they’ll make you revise your opinion of what a pearl can do. Perfect for tastemakers, trendsetters and those who hunger to disrupt the status quo.

Assael

Platinum earrings with aquamarine (14.74 TCW), black jade (4.39 TCW), and South Sea cultured pearls.

$48,000

(212) 819-0060, assael.com

Hi June Parker Fine Jewelry

14K yellow gold ring with baroque pearls.

$1,400

(917) 865-3533, hijuneparker.com

Leslie Paige Jewelry

14K yellow gold necklace with pearl.

$1,100

(949) 683-6459, lesliepaigejewelry.com

Joie DiGiovanni

14K yellow gold necklace with a baroque freshwater pearl and rainbow sapphires.

$3,080

(215) 987-5660, joiedigiovanni.com

Andrea Gutierrez

Cuff bracelet in leather with sterling silver clasp and freshwater pearls.

$450

andreagutierrezjewelry.com

Little H

14K yellow gold earrings with freshwater pearls, turquoise, rubies, and seed pearls.

$1,500

(424) 349-8203, littlehjewelry.com

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Rachel Quinn

14K yellow gold and sterling silver earrings with Keshi pearls and white topaz drops.

$540

(646) 345-0816, rachelquinn.com

Alex Sepkus

18K yellow gold necklace with faceted pearls, 18K yellow gold beads, and diamonds.

$52,995

(212) 391-8466, alexsepkus.com

Artistry LTD

14K yellow gold earrings with pearls.

$376

(888) 674-3250, artistrylimited.com

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Roman-Inspired Jewelry, Customizable Money Clips and More New Collections for June

And don’t miss this collection based around “power words.”

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Super Nova

The Nova collection from Ayva Jewelry is a powerful new concept designed with today’s modern, empowered woman in mind. Each strong design features a gem acrostic with a power word like “boss” or “grow” or “calm.” Shoppers can take an online quiz to determine their ideal power word, or just choose what speaks to them.

ayvajewelry.com

$3,850

Sterling silver money clip.

Stylish Stacks

The iconic Kin & Pebble money clip is now offered with more customization options than ever before, making it the ideal thoughtful gift or meaningful accessory. Make it perfectly personal with an engraved fingerprint, text, 3-D photo, handprint, footprint, handwriting, or pet print.

kinandpebble.com

$250

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18K yellow gold necklace with peridot, tourmaline, topaz, sapphire, and diamonds.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Newly released by Theresa Kaz Jewelry, the Rainbow collection offers the designer’s signature soothing simplicity in a colorful new way. These understated but glorious pieces are destined to be the right customer’s dream come true.

theresakazjewelry.com

$2,200

Leather lariat with pyrite beads, diamonds, and a pheasant feather.

A Bountiful Harvest

Rosemary Corte of Harvest Jewels is on a mission to make every woman feel that she’s worthy of wearing diamonds to the grocery store. Her unique and charismatic jewels aim for a big look at achievable prices, and the results are spectacular.

harvestjewels.com

$355

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14K yellow gold charm.

When in Rome

Goldsmith Aleda Powell is channeling the inspiration of the ancients in her latest delectable collection. Each handmade charm is a symbolic tribute to one of the legendary Roman gods. Collectible, meaningful, and so wearable. Also available in silver.

alwaysaleda.com

$495

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This Overlooked Red Carpet Trend May Be The Most Popular With Your Customers

This style of jewelry is small, but it packs a big punch.

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Julie Garner at the 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in January 2019. Photo credit: Shutterstock.

DURING AWARDS SEASON, the last piece of jewelry that our industry wants to see is small earrings. But we also want to see a focal point, and for the celebrities who made a statement with necklaces, this was the way they went with their lobes. And in real life, there is nothing like the perfect stud. The most desirable are those that allow us to feel comfortable every day; they have character, but they also let us shine. The more individualized, the better.

Emily P. Wheeler

Line studs in 18K yellow and white gold with diamonds.

emilypwheeler.com

$3,800

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Single Stone

Handcrafted Cami studs in 18K yellow gold with old European cut diamonds (approx. 0.90 TCW).

singlestone.com

$4,400

Alex Fitz

All day 14K earrings with two diamond baguettes, gold bar and three round diamonds.

alexfitz.com

$2,905

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